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21/07/2014 | DOES A WAIVER WAVE AWAY ALL RIGHTS TO MAKE A CLAIM? We’re told to sign them every time we do any sort of organised activity that could be considered risky such as clubs or schools teaching surfing, horse riding, abseiling, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, skiing, rock climbing or hang gliding. “Sign this waiver before we start,” they say – thrusting a paper with legalistic phrases in front of us...

11/07/2014 | HELP! THEY’RE BUILDING A HIGHWAY THROUGH MY HOME Your home is your castle, right? It said so in that popular movie The Castle. Well, that movie didn’t take into account the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act of 1991...

9/07/2014 | IS PACKING PRISONS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH CRIME? Our prisons are filled to bursting point as tougher sentencing by courts is sending record numbers of lawbreakers to jail, new figures from the Bureau of Statistics reveal. The ABS says 33,000 people are locked behind bars across Australia, and jails are overflowing in every state and territory except Tasmania...

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